With the spiking popularity of the UFC and boxing’s inability to bring fans the fights they really want to see, boxing seems to be in a bit of a funk.
On Saturday May 7th, boxing just might get the shot in the arm it so desperately needs. Shane Mosley, the savvy 39-year-old pugilist, will climb under the ropes once again in his storied career of being counted out time and time again. We have seen Mosley rise from the ashes several times in his career.
He lost back to back fights against Vernon Forest, and regrouped and beat Oscar De La Hoya for the second time.
Ronald “Winky” Wright tried to put him in the boxing attic by beating “Sugar” twice, but like those old home movies that you never think about anymore, he emerged out of nowhere winning five fights in a row to make himself relevant in the boxing world once again. In his next fight, Mosley went 12 hard rounds with then rising-star Miguel Cotto, losing a unanimous decision that a lot of people (including this writer) thought could have went the other way or maybe called a draw.
Two more wins against Ricardo Mayorga and the real “Hands of Stone” Antonio Margarito put Mosley back in business, setting up a fight against his hated enemy Floyd Mayweather Jr.
So here we are again because we all know what happened against Floyd. But the question is, can he right the ship once again against what most hail as the king of the sport at this time? This time around the mountain to climb is definitely higher, but who knows, maybe “Sugar” Shane pulls one more rabbit out of his hat.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not predicting an upset here, I’m just saying this could be that fight that sneaks up on us like a rainy day. We go inside for cover and miss the thunder and lightning that comes later.
Maybe it’s the second coming of Evander Holyfield versus Mike Tyson when they met for the first time. Nobody seemed to give Holyfield a shot in hell of winning that fight.
They seem to be similar situations due to the fact that like the Holyfield fight, this fight seems to feature boxers heading in opposite directions.
Call me crazy, but I will pay for this fight because I have a sneaky suspicion that I would regret it if I don’t. Honestly folks, I’m just a boxing fan who desperately wants to see the sweet science climb out of the black hole that it’s in. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the fight that does it.
I’m just saying!